Leher Reddy Challuri DP1
David Warner, Steve Smith, and the bowlers put together a solid all-round performance to defeat a subpar Sri Lanka by 9 wickets, winning the series and leading 2-0.
Opting to bat, Sri Lanka were off to a bad start as Kusal Mendis was run out in the second over after being dropped from a diving effort by Smith in the first. Danushka Gunathilaka dil scooped a 146 kmph delivery from Billy Stanlake but was bowled by him not long after. Kusal Perera was timing the ball nicely, but support at the other end was thin.
Avishka Fernando departed in the ninth over, and Niroshan Dickwella, after dil scooping his first delivery, departed two deliveries later. Soon after, Kusal Perera chopped on as well and Dasun Shanaka was strangled down the leg side.
The next four batsmen chipped in with some handy contributions, but the innings folded by the end of the 19th over. All of the bowlers except Kane Richardson picked up 2 wickets each, with Adam Zampa and Billy Stanlake going under 6 runs an over.
Australia were in early trouble with Aaron Finch caught down the leg side. Steve Smith, returning to T20I cricket after 3 ½ years, was sent out at no. 3 to stabilize the innings, and he did exactly that. He timed the ball to perfection almost every single time, driving and cutting with ease. David Warner was manipulating the field well and putting the bowlers under extreme pressure all throughout.
The pair stitched together a 117-run partnership. They also got to their half-centuries towards the end of the innings, remaining not out. The game ended with a wide as Australia needed 1 run to win. Lasith Malinga was the only one to pick up a wicket in the innings.
Innings Score: 117 (19)
Kusal Perera: 27 (19)
Danushka Gunathilaka: 21 (22)
Pat Cummins: 2-29 (4)
Ashton Agar: 2-27 (4)
Billy Stanlake: 2-23 (4)
Adam Zampa: 2-20 (4)
Innings Score: 118-1 (13)
David Warner: 60* (41)
Steve Smith: 53* (36)
Lasith Malinga: 1-23 (3)